STRIDE Academy Fun and Dynamic Virtual Wellness

Our elementary Club members and their families have been busy staying engaged and having fun at home with our variety of virtual programs! This month we would like to highlight two of those programs, the first being our STRIDE Academy program. STRIDE is a web-based learning program that incorporates math, reading and science into a fun gaming environment. The goal of the program is to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills among Club members. Over the past four weeks, students have been awarded 25 coins each day they log into the system and answer questions. Each student who does this wins 500 coins for answering 50 questions for the week. If a student answers 50 questions correctly, they win a free pizza delivered right to their door! Additionally, one student is randomly selected each week to be the STRIDE All Star and gets a special shout out on our interactive Google site for their hard work in the program!

The second program we’d like to highlight is a Virtual Family Engagement Night that Dynamic Chiropractic held for our elementary Club parents. The program covered how to manage stress and eat healthy, along with helpful tips to improve overall health and wellness. Dynamic’s Dr. Goldapske shared with us that they work to address the Three T’s of chiropractic medicine: trauma, toxins, and thoughts. She shared that if we are able to work through these in our homes, we are more likely to avoid and overcome COVID-19 during this time.

Most importantly, we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves during our daily lives. If we are not taking care of our bodies we are then more likely to hurt something, become ill, or not feel like ourselves. One thing we are able to change is how we are looking at our electronic screens and how often we are looking at them. It is something as simple as making sure your eyes and neck are level with the screen you are looking at.

When it comes to toxins, it is what we eat, what we put on our skin, what vitamins we take and so much more. We need to make sure what we are eating, putting on our skin, and vitamins we are consuming are good for our bodies and not going to harm our health. The example given was to try to eat something new that is healthy, such as different types of vegetables and fruits.

When it comes to our thoughts, it is making sure you are talking to people and safely moving around. For example, playing outside, taking walks, throwing a ball and riding a bike are great ways to move your body. Keeping your body moving helps to keep positive thoughts going through your mind. Taking up a new hobby, learning to dance or playing a new sport can also be helpful.

All of these are ways to stay healthy, happy and positive through these tough times. If you are struggling, make sure you talk to someone about what you are feeling and ask for help if you need it. We are all in this together!